Scratch Beer 14 - 2008 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 14 - 2008Scratch Beer 14 - 2008

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale. celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV. We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish. Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime!

25 IBU

Added by akorsak on 09-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dan threw down as he always does.. the 14 was honestly only added to my wants not that long ago... yet here it is.. in my New Belgium snifter..

Fantastic 2 finger head.. great lacing atop a slightly hazy golden straw brew..

The nose is lite yet fairly phenolic.. peppery and with touches of band-aid... earthy comes to mind.... pale malts... yet dry.

Again.. lightly phenolic with soft pale malts.. slightly sweet throughout.. yeasty.. but not overdone.. fresh cut hay and some mild ginger.. green apple skin with some fruity pineapple as it warms up.. surprisingly complex for an American take on the style.. the body is lite/medium with a crisp carbonation.. some white grape essence arises at room temperature.. and it becomes alot more well rounded..

I love a great saison.. and honestly, I really appreciate a fresh American attempt.. this is pretty damn good.. I am glad I was able to try it on the fresher side.. but I bet with a little age, it will become a bit better..

I forgot to look at the ABV before beginning the review.. but it seems that it may be a touch on the high side.. the body may be light.. but it is pretty filling.. be careful once reaching the bottom of the bottle.. a big sheet of yeast will end up in your glass.

I need to say thanks again.. Dan approached me this time around.. and I haven't even touched the good stuff yet. Please .. Please... don't quit trading .. at least with me. ;-)


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Photo of errantnight
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks leftmindedrighty!

Pours a pale, hazy straw with a couple fingers of head, light lacing.

Light ester aromas, a bit of powdered sugar and white pepper and floral notes. Bubblegum and banana. A little more tripel than saison.

Nice balance with moderate mid palate sweetness. A bit of wheat malt with the pale malt.

Nicely carbonated, on the high side, a bit spritzy.

Superbly drinkable, but doesn't quite have the earthy tones, funk, and depth of the best ones. Despite a bit of white pepper in the nose, there's no real spice presence, and while I'm fine with no adjunct spices, a few more could have been coaxed out of the yeast to good benefit. A tasty brew, but barely a saison.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a small 1 finger head with subpar retnetion and clear yellow color.

Smell is of mild barnyard funk and hey, and some cloveyness

Taste is smooth and clovey with a sort of citrusy undertone.

I can't say too much about this beer. It's not as fun and exciting as most saisons. It is a little dull in my opinion.

I'd like some more carbonation on this bad boy as well!

That being said, the fact that it's not very over the top and barnyard like makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of BigMike
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color. Very cloudy with a big two finger head.
I poured the sediment out so there were a lot of floaties but it didn't bother me.
Spicy citrus aroma. Banana and orange.
Lemon, spice and hops on the flavor. A lot of yeasty flavor almost bread like.
Pretty crisp and refreshing. Has a bit of tangyness in the finish
I will say however this is nothing really special.
This was my first scratch beer sample and i would like to try others. Hopefully they are better than this. Not that it was bad. It just wasn't that memorable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Brass Rail beverage in Campbelltown.
Poured chilled in my ommegang goblet
A - A beautiful golden w/ great clarity with visible effervescence and quickly rising snowy cap. The ale has a very fine bead, the head gradually relaxes and smaller yeast sediment and particules drop out.

S - plenty of yeast aroma w/ almost bready smell. The odors of biscuits and marmalade in the nose w/ a hint of pineapple and mild astringent medicinal aromas. The nose is dry w/ light floral notes and mild alcohol

M- Full carbonation w/ the force of champagne almost. There is a big yeasty full feel as the ale is allowed to rest on the palate w/ dry tannic elements. The feel is warming w/ noticeable amounts of alcohol and slightly spicy in the finish

T - The taste is tropical and has a slightly bitter hop flavor at first w/ a bready yeast and spicy hop complement w/ earthy flavors. The taste of the malt is lightly grainy and the flavor is tropical but borders on medicinal as it warms w/ its dry yeast and alcohol flavors. The dry finish is in line with the scent and yeast taste.

D - Not my favorite of the scratch series, but fits the style and I find this to be a good American saison on the strong side, but drinkable. This ale has a lot of yeast in the flavor and almost tastes unfiltered w/ a thick ring of sediment in the glass and bottle. I would try this again with more age possibly- I recommend this.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very cloudy bright golden yellow. Some chunks of sediment snuck into the glass and can be seen swirling around. Huge, foamy white head with excellent retention. Leaves big chunks of lace all over the glass.

S - Spicy, yeasty aroma. Hints of banana as well. A very typical saison nose. Not great, but definitely not bad.

T - A light lemony tartness initially before a full on mouthfull of tart fruitiness hits you. Not mouth puckering, but very sharp. A spiciness lingers throughout to provide some balance to the tartness. A little bit of wheat and grain can be tasted throughout as well.

M/D - Light bodied, very crisp. Easy drinking.

A little bit of a letdown, but still very good. My only complaint is it tastes more like a tart/sour hefeweizen than anything else.

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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ever generous guinnessdoc for the bottle.

Appearance: It's a lighter shade of gold and fairly clear. A few loose chunks of sediment escaped the glob at the bottom of the bottle. The head is foamy and absolutely huge. It's easily three fingers deep. Retention was excellent. Thick sheets of lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: A strong wave of spices hit the nose first. Clove is the strongest, but pepper is prevalent. Belgian yeast is very strong and enticing. I love that scent. It's strong in the mix here. There's some earthy/grassy notes that come through at the next level. Light fruit scents emerge late. It's mostly apple and light pear. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: No dropoff here. Strong clove and pepper strike first. It's a very nice, spicy flavor. Belgian yeast is indeed very strong and flavorful. Definitely adds an illusion of authenticity. It's a little grainy and has a nice earthy/grassy flavor. Very light apple and lemon flavors are present and add some sweetness. It has a nice, bitter twist on the tail. Wasn't expecting that. Very welcome surprise nonetheless. Alcohol is blended extremely well. Finishes a little bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It features a medium body and is smooth. Carbonation is very active and appears to get in the way a little. But, it's smooth overall. Drinkability is very high. Very flavorful, tasty beer that's under 7% to boot. What's not to love?

Scratch 14 is unfortunately my first beer in the Scratch series. I wish I'd had the opportunity to try every one. This one's very impressive. Flavor and character are strong with this one. It has no material flaws to note. Very nice representation of the style from an American brewery. Color me impressed.

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Photo of Gilgemesh
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice light straw color accentuated by a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. I almost forgot the sediment while pouring but none made it into the glass.

S- Slight hints of sweetness lead into a citrusy, yeasty odor that is quite low key and pleasant.

T- A spicy flavorfully beer. Tastes strongly of grapefruit and spice with a bit of a yeasty bready finish.

M- A nice feel as the carbonation hits to the front and is dispersed before you swallow. It is dry with only a hint of tart citrus.

D- I actually quite liked this. I haven't been big into Saisons, but I think I may give some a try as the weather warms up.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a La Choulette glass. Bought a few 6 packs at the end of last year.

A-Scratch 14 pours a bright golden/yellow color with traces of orange. A thin 1/2 inch white cap comes after pouring leaving some streaks of lace. Some sediment is seen through the glass.

S- A big earthy presence with alot of spices in the nose mainly pepper and some citrus twang. Also getting some yeast as expected from the look. Some barnyard notes as well.

T- A whole lot of spices with some bready qualities, overall very earthy. Getting some pepper and slight ginger. banana comes through with some lemon flavoring. In the far distance some funk but very light with the yeast making an appearance.

M- The different taste hit all at once but work themselves out overtime. A nice amount of carbonation perfect for the style with some with a slick texture. The carbonation is felt though in a nice way.

D- Very nice but could be troublesome after two. This is a nice try at a saison & I am glad I tried it, but I should of saved my last bottles for spring time. The ABV is at the perfect place also.

A good addition to the scratch series, a series that seems to have some legs as they are up to 17 as the time of this review. How many old recipes do the Troegs brothers have?

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can't seem to remember where i got this one, so if you sent it to me then let me know so i can give thanks where it's due.

12oz bottle. sampled jan 30/09.

pours slightly hazy pale yellow with a small cap of dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma definitely screams saison. cracker and white bread. tons of spice. corriander, bit of clove. a little cinnamon and ginger. bit of alcohol.

taste picks up right where the aroma left off. corriander, clove, cinnamon, bit of ginger. white bread and cracker. bit of alcohol. orange peel.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a nice dry finish. just above medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. while i generally prefer my saisons on the funky side rather than spicy, this one still gets my nod of approval. richly spicy, but without getting perfumey or overly floral. good stuff.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy straw yellow, some golden hues, very chunky, medium white head forms, settles to a thin collar around the glass, some lacing sticks to the glass, good retention. Smell is neat, really spicy, honey, some straw, horsey funk, very floral and fragrant, strawberries, ginger, peppery, yeast, pretty interesting. Taste is very spicy, ginger roughness, honey, grass, pepper, light alcohol, bit of funk, orange peel, citrus, some floral, pretty interesting stuff, very spicy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth. A little rough, but pretty interesting, very spicy. I like this one, thanks Russ!

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Photo of HopDerek
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow complete with lots of floaties with 2 fingers of bright white frothy head. OK retention leaves some nice clinging lacing. Smells of clove, peppery spices, yeasty bread, apples, and grass. Tastes of apple, lemon, pineapple, clove, pepper, honey, yeasty funk, and pale bread malt with a grassy bitterness that starts out strong at the beginning but eventually fades away, along with a touch of alcohol warmth. Medium in body with nice carbonation. A touch syrupy but also quite airy and pleasant, smooth and crisp with good balance. Enjoyable and decent, but not one of my top selections from Troegs.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of funk, yeast, clove. Kind of reminds me of Hennepin in the nose. Flavor is loaded with peppery spices and yeast. Extremely quaffable. Excellent saison.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

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Photo of philbe311
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Massive fluffy white head composed of big chunky bubbles... Pale gold straw color with an ever so slight haze though still almost fully translucent... Lots of medium to fast paced carbonation throughout... Spectacular head retention... Sediment floats throughout...

S - Pear... Banana... Clove... Pepper... Lemon zest... Ginger... Yeasts... White raisins... Nice complexity... Lovely aroma all around...

T - Earthy notes... Grains and wheat... Lemon... Banana... Apple... Pepper and ginger on the finish... Exquisite with a pleasant complexity...

M - Delicate... Light bodied... Super smooth... Crisp... Tingly carbonation... Lush start with a dry finish...

D - A very pleasant surprise... Troegs Scratch Series turns out one good beer after another, but this one is a special treat that raises the bar for the series... A truly special and well crafted Saison... Kudos to the Brewmaster... I need to see if I can't get me some more of this before it disappears...

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy Golden, light orange with grapefruit pink tones. Poured a finger of foamy white head that doesn't stay around for too long. Small floating grains all over. not seeing through this thing of beauty.

An incredibly smooth wheaty yeast scent that leads the nose nicely into the exploration of lighter fruits, all very subtle and smoothed out beautifully. Great light grapes and grapefruit, fantasticly smooth lemon, spectaular orange peel.

Very light and zesty lemon and orange, I hate to reiterate all that is above is the scent of this beer, but...
Slight grapefruit tartness, spectacular representation of the style

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, Thanks ONEEYE

(sediment was noticed in the bottle, at first poured without, then swirled it in half way)

A. A cloudy, murky yellow with some head. Some lacing on the glass.

S. Banana and clove. Yeasty. Bavarian yeast. Smells like a hefe.

T. The taste mimics the nose to a degree, but there seems to be two diff. yeast strains used, bavarian and trappist. It gives off alot of spice and fruit, as well as a twang of barnyard funk. Some wheat in the taste as well. Very sweet. Interesting, wish more of the belgian characteristics would pull through, this could actually be aged.

M. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a dry chalky finish.

D. This is a pretty interesting beer and I did enjoy it. I wish I had more of it actually.

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Photo of joepais
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of B.A's for this
I Bottle poured into a Snifter produced a good two fingers worth of white fluffy head that seems to last. The body was a cloudy golden yellow on this brew

Aromas of yeast and spice filled my head. The yeast aroma is a weird Belgian, Hefe blend really very interesting. The spices help out with this smelling some clove, pepper and coriander

The flavors very much mimic the nose on this one. The mouthfeel is nice light and crisp, great carbonation in this brew as well

Very drinkable, I am really enjoying this brew on this cold snowy winter day.

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Photo of OHLRangers
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received in the recent Favorite Songs BIF from vickster529. Looking forward to tasting this big Wants-List brew, thanks Vickie!

Poured into standard pint, a hazy golden straw colored body with a small creamy white head with good retention.

Smells yeasty and funky, with citrus and some coriander spiciness in there.

Taste brings the funk forward right off the bat. Sweet and malty, with a dry finish. Clovy aftertaste, not at all displeasing.

I like this one, a solid saison that is tasty.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, preseason football bif package

appearance: poured into an imperial pint glass, bright golden-straw body with a wavy beige crest and wonderful retention...extremely hazy body - i try and try to see my finger through the body, but alas, nothing

smell: funky, sweet corn, fresh zesty yeast bite, corriander and citrus, white pepper - nice saison aromas

taste: quality saison offering from troegs - sweet citrus, zesty yeast, fresh white pepper, white corn, orange and clove, ginger, grassy hops. i like this one a lot

mouthfeel: fresh and zesty

drinkability: good

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to vwcraig, much appreciated. Nice cloudy orange color, good head. The smell is a nice spicy saison-like smell. It tastes like dull oranges, spice, pepper, good saison. Not as easy to drink as I expected but still a good saison overall.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to mikereaser and the Under 100 BIF.

Pours completely opaque yellow. Cloudy swirls float aimlessly. Big white head of many sized bubbles.

Big fruity whiff. Lemon, orange, spices. Quite an eyeopener. Same on the flavor side. Big time cloves. Bubbly and harsh, full bodied.

Overall: it'll do

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow-golden body beneath a creamy head of bright white that holds quite well.

Sweet malt and spice greet you in the nose. At first I thought it was a Bavarian hefe-weizen, but a few more sniffs suggested it was more Belgian-like. It's clovey, has a touch of plastic or "Band-Aid" phenolic, and a dusting of pepper. There's wheat to it as well, and a hint of chalky yeast.

In the mouth it's creamy smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled carbonation that opens up and expands to become pillowy as it warms.

The flavor is malty with a sugary edge, but also lots of straw and grass. Or are they grassy hops that I'm getting? The yeastiness delivers a hint of apple, and it's a touch chalky, as well as clove-like and gently plastic-like. Or wait... is it actually spiced with clove? There's also a tiny bit of sharper spiciness that's kind of like ginger. It has an underlying citrusy/lemony note that's nice. And, hmmm, perhaps some cardamom as well. Oh, and there's also some anise in the burp - very nice! The bitterness is kept restrained, allowing the sweet malt to shine all the way from the start and into the finish, and there the bitterness waits. It's just enough to put an end to things, and along with the mild residual spiciness, keep it from becoming cloying.

A very nice offering! I'd have loved to have seen something like this go into larger bottles for cellaring. Possibly my personal favorite from the Scratch collection.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeast, with some bannana/corinader. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice yeast notes, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty Saison.

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Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing stuff.

A= modest head, pours half the bottle clear and then comes some really chunky cloudy nice yeast! Make sure you pour the whole thing at the same time for the "right stuff."

S= very nice yeast

T= wow what a treat, somewhat Belgian and somewhat ultra-Weissen with all the yeast at the bottom.

M= clean and nothing obtrusive, very pleasant memories with some mild yeast lingering.

D= if you like this and can find it and afford it, go for it!

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. Jay. Aggressively carbonated and bold peppery saison. Pours a very white prominent head, with some lace. Spot on spicey and yeasty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, after the full felt carbonation and some cloves, corriander, a bit of wheat. Good background bitterness.

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